Category Archives: Niblets

04/07/2017 – Friday Fun

Back in 2013, when Zuzu was Mama Zuzu to her litter, the Niblets, we bought the kittens a small plastic trackball ring. We had no idea what a hit it would become. Not so much with the kittens, though baby Viola liked it on and off…

Zuzu's Little Ring o' Fun - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s Little Ring o’ Fun – © Colehauscats.com

… but with Zuzu herself. That little Ring o’ Fun was never far from sight.

Baby Viola with Zuzu's Little Ring o' Fun - © Colehauscats.com

Baby Viola with Zuzu’s Little Ring o’ Fun – © Colehauscats.com

We thought the little ring was too small for Zuzu and bought her a bigger Ring o’ Fun. She liked it, but baby Russell LOVED it, so much so, when he went to his forever home, we sent the bigger ring along with him. We only regret not having a photo of baby Russell playing with his Ring o’ Fun before he left. Adorbs!

Zuzu's Big Ring o' Fun - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s Big Ring o’ Fun – © Colehauscats.com

Back in November of last year, we ordered an orange triple tier trackball Ring o’ Fun (our name for it, not the official name of which we may have forgotten) for Zuzu for Christmas and wouldn’t you know, that thing sold out practically before they even manufactured them?

Zuzu didn’t get her triple tier Ring o’ Fun for Christmas but every so often we receive an email telling us that triple tier Ring o’ Fun is still on backorder and wouldn’t we rather want to buy a similar one from someone else for twice or maybe, three times the original offering price?

Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who could say, in all honesty, we wouldn’t go the extra mile to buy stuff for our cats but in this case and for that price… uh, no.

Then, Dad found a really cool scratchy Ring o’ Fun when he was perusing Amazon last month and because it was an exceptionally good price, Home Accountant Mom approved the purchase and Zuzu got a new, bigger Ring o’ Fun.

Zuzu's new Ring o' Fun - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s new Ring o’ Fun – © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu seemed to know right away it was hers. Or maybe she really understands English when Mom said, “Zuzu, this is yours.” It has a cardboard scratchy insert and a white contrasting ball in the bright, deep pink track. And we think she likes everyone to watch her when she plays with it.

Quint gives the Ring o' Fun a whirl - © Colehauscats.com

Quint gives the Ring o’ Fun a whirl – © Colehauscats.com

And though she’s okay with letting everyone else play with it…

Zuzu's Ring o' Sleepytime - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s Ring o’ Sleepytime – © Colehauscats.com

… she’s the only one who sleeps on it. Good call, Dad. Zuzu LOVES it!

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Thank you for your comments and suggestions regarding Mom’s kitty photo boards she created last week. She hasn’t made a decision on what to do with them at the moment, other than to just enjoy her creations. Thank you!

And here’s another batch she made:

Tessa's Photo Board - © Colehauscats.com

Tessa’s Photo Board – © Colehauscats.com

Sunny's Photo Board - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny’s Photo Board – © Colehauscats.com

Olivia and cherries Photo Board - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia and cherries Photo Board – © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu's Photo Board - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s Photo Board – © Colehauscats.com

Viola and her Dad Photo Board - © Colehauscats.com

Viola and her Dad Photo Board – © Colehauscats.com

01/30/2017 – A Niblet Update!

Recently, we received word from Russell Niblet’s dad who said:

“I Hope all is well. The time flies. I can’t believe Russell is now over three years old. We haven’t been good about updates, but I thought you two would appreciate some new Russell Niblet photos. He’s doing great, and we love him very much. Here he is with his big sister Gerty. Thanks again for being such good foster parents to the Niblets! Best wishes.”

Russell Niblet with big sister Gerty

Russell Niblet with big sister Gerty

Russell Niblet with sister Gerty 2017

Russell Niblet with sister Gerty 2017

Russell Niblet all grown up!

Russell Niblet all grown up!

We love foster updates but don’t expect them. This was a real treat! We are so happy to see that sweet boy looking so good and so comfortable with his big sister Gerty, and to see that he still has his mama’s eyes. It’s clear he is very loved. Thank you, Russell’s parents!

And just because we can, here’s some shots of Russell as a baby Niblet. Who wouldn’t love that?

Russell, the orange Tabby boy, at one week, 10/12/2013 - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell, the orange Tabby boy, at one week, 10/12/2013 – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell's big moment *thurp* - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell’s big moment *thurp* – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Don't look! I'm getting a

Don’t look! I’m getting a bath – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Mama Erinn Zuzu and son Russell - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Mama Erinn Zuzu and son Russell – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell Niblet at 4 weeks - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell Niblet at 4 weeks – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell Niblet - 2013-2016 © Colehauscats.com

Russell Niblet – 2013-2016 © Colehauscats.com

01/18/2017 – Happy 5th Blogoversary, Us!

Five years! Who knew we’d still be here five years after Dad offhandedly suggested Mom post photos of our cats somewhere as a way to honor those who had passed and because the Internet didn’t have enough cat photos?

Mom published the first Colehaus Cats post on January 19th 2012* using a free WordPress theme over the use of several other frustrating blogging software options. Seeing angel Maxx’s photo finally posted out to the world convinced her Dad’s comment was the best idea ever.

Colehaus Cats - Maxx 2010. © Colehaus Cats

Maxx. © Colehaus Cats

The first blog post was titled “Meet the Colehaus Cats – Maxx, the Innocent.” That was an inside joke because Maxx was known more for being Maxx, the Troublesome Nipper Who Regularly Draws Blood and Who Doesn’t Understand the Physics of Possessing a Weighty Big Butt While Always Failing at Jumping Across Big Expanses of Empty Space and Therefore, Makes a Mess.

Thankfully, Mom shortened that post title.

Then, Mom tried to create a header. She cringes when she sees her original Colehaus Cats blog headers. Here’s a few of them from that first year in 2012.

Then, Mom got the bright idea that maybe one of the actual Colehaus Cats ought to be on the header, not some cute, but random cat photo stolen from the Internet. Yes, our Mom stole a photo once from the Internet without figuring out who created it. Ex-feral, angel Cameron was her first choice, followed by one featuring angel Zooot, and then angel Seth.

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron - © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron – © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot - © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot – © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth - © Colehauscats.com

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth – © Colehauscats.com

That last one was from when Mom was in her Peach phase. She was under the impression blog colors needed to change with the season, so the peach header was followed by a pale blue one, then soft pink, and finally, light green. You might remember those days. Eventually, she got over that.

All told, Mom posted three separate Meet the Colehaus Cats entries that first day introducing Maxx, Seth, Cameron, and Zooot. Later in the month, before Mom figured out a regular blog post schedule, she told an audience of one a little about each cat’s personality.

Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

Where’s that rabbit? Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

She almost quit our blog a time or two, most notably after Zooot passed quickly followed by Cameron in April and June 2012. A first commenter, Baby Patches from Nip and Bones helped Mom feel she wasn’t posting to a big, black void. Jan from Jan’s Funny Farm was the second commenter following Mom’s discovery of the wonderful world of The Cat Blogosphere who brought so many commenters to welcome baby Pia.

The rest, well, most of you know how the rest of the years have gone. We’ve had a blast, we’ve laughed and cried, and we’ve vowed to find ways to help pets in need, inspired by the work of many of you.

Most of all, we’ll always cherish the memories how other pet-loving people found us and encouraged us to keep going via their own blogs by posting great, timely information and tips, a spectacular photo or set of photos, and hundreds of warm, from-the-heart posts. We continued to feel encouraged during a long questionable time after Mom was publicly shamed by a longtime friend at a science fiction convention in May 2014 for running a cat blog. Thank you for your supportive and positive emails.

The Stats

We still post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Some kitties have left us and more kitties have joined us. We care for and feed our development’s feral, stray, and abandoned kitties (and squirrels and raccoons, too). Since blogging, we’ve gone from four cats to six, then seven followed by eight and once for a few months, a high cat count of thirteen (with Zuzu and all Niblets). Some years we take in fosters, and we don’t mind admitting we’re suckers for adding fosters to our family. Who wouldn’t when presented with these faces?

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny - © Colehauscats.com

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny – © Colehauscats.com

For a while, we had a cat web cam and Mom sometimes misses it even though it wouldn’t stream live.

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo - © Colehaus Cats

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo – © Colehaus Cats

Dad took over posting for four summer months in 2015 when Mom was going out of town to writing conventions a lot. We love our cats and are very much in tune with each other and the needs and desires of each Colehaus Cat so we hoped no one noticed the difference in posting styles from Mom to Dad.

We’ve published 903 posts over the past five years and received 19,376 comments total in that time frame. The most viewed post (1,169 views) was just after the birth of The Niblets. Our About page is the most viewed page (1,252 views).

Mom’s personal stats show the shortest amount of time she spent creating a blog post was four minutes. She might have been showing off. The longest time spent creating a post was seventy-three hours, give or take an hour. Obviously, this was not continuously working time otherwise, Mom would have gone bonkers. Wouldn’t have been the first time.

Since 2012, we’ve met five Cat Blogosphere bloggers in person and have heard from close to one hundred others. We’ve held four raffles and have won four raffles. That’s evened out nicely.

Here’s some of our favorite posts and photos over the years:

Dad’s Little Girl Newton. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

Dad’s Newton

Miss Newton and Seth - 2012 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton and Seth – 2012 © Colehauscats.com

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Olivia's Snake Toy.

Getting Her Spit All Over It – 2012 – 2016 © Colehaus Cats.

Serious Pia.

Pia relaying her side of the conversation. August 2012. © Colehaus Cats.

Bug Battles – The Two Sides

What Tessa wanted to do to the V-E-T’s fingers – – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Don’t Just Get Mad; Get Tessa Mad!

Minding his own business – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx TV

Shopping at Craft Warehouse for art supplies – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby’s Tower – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

First Niblet for Erinn Zuzu – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

BREAKING NEWS! It’s baby Niblet time!

“There’s no treats in here!” – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Conversation with Dad – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Spitty's Place feral shelter - 2015-2016 © Colehauscats.com

Spitty’s Place feral shelter – 2015-2016 © Colehauscats.com

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We hope we’ve been good bloggers over the years. We always welcome comments and suggestions, and we love hearing directly from you.

Thank you for finding us, for reading us, and for sometimes commenting. We’re big blog lurkers ourselves from time-to-time and we don’t mind lurkers here.

Thank you for visiting us. It might seem that we say that a lot but we mean it from our hearts every single time.

Thank you for helping us celebrate today and for celebrating all the Colehaus Cats!

*we know we’re one day short of the official Blogoversary day. We’re cutting ourselves a bit of slack here.